Acropolis - Temple of Athena Nike, Athens

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    Temple of Athena Nike

    by call_me_rhia Updated Sep 29, 2011

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    The Temple of Athena Nike stood is a small Ionic temple that stands right on to of the Acropolis and which can be seen from all over Athens. This is very significant because Nike means "victory" in Greek, and Athena was worshiped in this form – the fact that it could be seen from everywhere meant that any Athenian people could worship the goddess of victory anywhere and at any time.

    This temple, which was built over an earlier dedicated to Athena which had been demolished by the Persians, began around 427 BC and took a long time to complete because of unrest and lack of funds. But when it was completed, it remained untouched for a very long time, until the Turks demolished it in 1686 and used the stones to build a bastion next to the Propylaia. The temple as we see it today, therefore, is the consequence of major restoration works, which tore down the bastion and reassembled the temple.

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    by mallyak Written Aug 20, 2008

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    The Temple of Athena Nike (Featherless Victory) is situated southwest of the Entrance, on a rampart protecting the main entrace of the Acropolis. It was constructed in ca. 420 B.C. by the architect Kallikrates. It is built in the Ionic order, and it is amphiprostyle with a row of four columns in front of each of its narrow sides. The relief frieze on the upper section of the walls depicts the conference of gods on the east side, and scenes from battles on the other three. A marble parapet decorated with the relief representation of Nikae (Victories), protected the edge of the Bastion on which the temple was erected.

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    by janbeeu Updated Jul 17, 2005

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    Temple of Athene Niki

    In the 6th century BC a little temple, dedicated to Athene Niki, was built in turf stones on the Mycenaean wall. In 437 BC, the architect Kallikratis started the construction of a marble temple. The construction works were interrupted by the Peloponnesian war and the Temple was only finished between 427 and 424 BC.

    The, now restored, classical temple has two cella and two galleries with four Ionic columns, one on the east side and one on the west side.

    It was the first time that not mythological but historical themes were depicted. On the east side all twelve gods, on the other sides fights of Athenians with other Greeks and Persians. The altar of Athena Niki was on the east side of the temple.

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    by Sharon Updated Jan 30, 2005

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    Another Impressive remains of those amazing times.... All made of Marble, amazingly curved... Simply beautiful.... and imagine it was constructed in ca. 420 B.C !
    Even at this moment of writing this lines i feel again that little dream in my head... if only i could travel in the time tunnle... just for a while..

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    by grkboiler Updated Dec 11, 2004
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    As you walk up the steps to the Acropolis, you will see the Temple of Athena Nike. It sits on a bastion that is 9.5m (31ft) tall, and was built by Kallikrates in 420 BC. There are 4 Ionic columns at each end standing 4m (13ft) tall. The frieze depicts battle scenes and images of the gods.

    The temple was dismantled by the Turks in 1686 to be used as a platform for a cannon, and rebuilt in 1838. It was dismantled and rebuilt again in 1935, and dismantled yet again in 2002 to be rebuilt.

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    Acropolis - Temple of Athena Nike

    by AcornMan Written Apr 26, 2004
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    The Temple of Athena Nike is one of the first things visitors see when climbing to the entrance of the Acropolis. It stands on the remains of a Mycenaean fortification of Cyclopean masonry, originally several meters higher than the present bastion. By the 6th century B.C. a cult worshipping Athena as goddess of victory had been established in the same location, and by 490 B.C. a small poros temple and several altars had been built. The current temple was begun in 427 B.C. and completed in about 425 or 424 B.C. In 410 B.C. the famous carved parapet was constructed around the temple, and the entire area is sometimes referred to as the Nike Parapet. Also on the bastion were shrines of the Graces and Artemis Epipyrgidia.

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    by amsterdam_vallon Written Dec 28, 2003
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    The Temple of Athena Nike was constructed in ca. 420 B.C. by the architect Kallikrates. It is built in the Ionic order, and it is amphiprostyle with a row of four columns in front of each of its narrow sides. The relief frieze on the upper section of the walls depicts the conference of gods on the east side, and scenes from battles on the other three. A marble parapet decorated with the relief representation of Nikae (Victories), protected the edge of the Bastion on which the temple was erected.

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    The Acropolis, The Temple of Athens Nike

    by belgrade03 Written Oct 23, 2003

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    The temple of Athena Nike is a tiny building to the right of the entrance. It was built in the Ionic style in Vth century BC and the frieze contains mostly historical rather than mythological scenes which was the precedent in the architecture at that time.

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    by Sharrie Written May 21, 2003

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    Athena, Nike, Victory. Remember the shoe brand Nike? Ok, just some trivia.

    THE TEMPLE OF ATHENA NIKE is no trivia though. It was built back then to commemorate the AThenians' victories over the Persians! It's a shrine to the Goddess of Victory, Athena Nike. In 1686, the temple was destroyed by the Turks. This was then reconstructed in 1834-38. It almost collapsed in 1935 & the original temple was again reconstructed.

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    by dedeckerm. Written Mar 6, 2003

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    Was constructed in ca. 420 B.C. by the architect Kallikrates.
    It is a small amphiprostyle Ionic temple with a row of four columns in front of each of its narrow sides.
    The relief frieze on the upper section of the walls depicts the conference of gods on the east side, and scenes from battles on the other three. A marble parapet decorated with the relief representation of Nikae (Victories), protected the edge of the Bastion on which the temple was erected

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    Temple of Athena Nike (Akropolis)

    by Aaron7 Written Jan 16, 2003
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    This is a temple dedicated to the goddess of victory, Nike. Yes Nike stands for more than simply shoes! It is small and thus is easy to overlook during your visit to the Akropolis. Unlike the Parthenon which is done in Doric style, this temple is done in an Ionic style. It also features a small altar used in ancient times to sacrifice animals.

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    by Juliet67 Written Sep 2, 2002

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    The Temple of Athena Nike
    was constructed in ca. 420 B.C. by the architect Kallikrates. It is built in the Ionic order, and it is amphiprostyle with a row of four columns in front of each of its narrow sides.
    The relief frieze on the upper section of the walls depicts the conference of gods on the east side, and scenes from battles on the other three. A marble parapet decorated with the relief representation of Nikae (Victories), protected the edge of the Bastion on which the temple was erected.

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    Athena Nike

    by tafurojo Written Feb 11, 2005

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    This is the smaller of the 3 temples that grace the Acropolis. If you are at the Parthenon it is located to your left when coming up the stairs.

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    Temple of Athena Nike

    by Kodi01 Updated Jan 22, 2003

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    It was completed 420 B.C. It is the earliest Ionic building on the Acropolis.

    The name means "Goddess of Victory".

    oops, i deleted pic by mistake.

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